Apple Nearly Took Facebook Off iPhones After Finding Human Trafficking On Its Apps

  • Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app stores after the social media giant’s apps were “selling maids” in the Philippines.
  • Internal documents seen by the AP show that Facebook was “under-enforcing on confirmed abusive activity.”
  • Domestic workers were “locked in their homes, starved, forced to extend their contracts indefinitely, unpaid, and repeatedly sold to other employers without their consent.”

Adam Smith from The Independent writes:

Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app stores after the social media giant’s apps were found to be used to sell maids in the Philippines.

Internal documents, reportedly seen by the Associated Press, show that Facebook was “under-enforcing on confirmed abusive activity”.

Facebook’s investigation into its platform found that “domestic workers frequently complained to their recruitment agencies of being locked in their homes, starved, forced to extend their contracts indefinitely, unpaid, and repeatedly sold to other employers without their consent” but that, “in response, agencies commonly told them to be more agreeable.”

It also found that recruitment agencies dismissed “more serious crimes, such as physical or sexual assault, rather than helping domestic workers.”

Apple did not respond to a request for comment from The Independent before time of publication, but an internal analysis from Facebook stated that the removal of its apps “from Apple platforms would have … potentially severe consequences to the business, including depriving millions of users of access…”

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